Minimal wage: Work in top gear just for early implementation — SGF

The Federal Government is working toward earlier implementation of new minimum wage that has caused a lot of controversies in recent times,   Mr Boss Mustapha, the Admin to the Government of the Federation (SGF) has said.

Mustapha made this known on Thurs in Abuja at the opening of the one-day symposium on the 25th wedding anniversary of the National Salaries, Incomes plus Wages Commission (NSIWC) which has “ Overcoming the Challenges of Compensation plus Productivity in Nigeria” as its style.

Represented by Mister Olusegun Adekunle, the Permanent Admin, General Services Office, Office from the SGF, the SGF said that the current administration was committed to the well being of Nigerian workers.

He said “ I wish to speak about that the focus of the national minimal income wage  is on federal government employees, this critical sector should not to be left behind and no one will be left behind.

“ Such employees are  also dominantly found in the informal sector as well as the small scale organisations.

“ However , it is important to know that the particular revision of the minimum wage needs to be taken through due process and everything key stakeholders carried along. ”

Mustapha said that the particular pay relativity question could not become resolved without the development and execution of a new job evaluation structure.

He, therefore , advised the NSIWC to commence the procedure, adding that government had furthermore observed that productivity needed to take those centre stage in wage dedication.

He also advised the commission to leverage within the pilot schemes it was working on within collaboration with the National Productivity Center to raise a production team within the public service.

The federal government scribe said that public office slots must bear in mind that remuneration packages for his or her various offices were  appropriately spelt out in the law.

He added that it would be improper for anyone to allow himself to be compensated higher than what the law stipulates, observing that “ any infraction documented by NSIWC in the course of carrying out the mandate shall be investigated and reprimanded by the anti-graft agencies infuture. ”

According to him, federal government is concerned about the spate of attacks in the country as it affects the economic climate over the last decade,
specifically the public sector.

He or she called on labour unions in order to resist the urge to resort to operate stoppages without exhausting alternatives and much more peaceful
options for discord resolution.

He declared that the Federal Government remained committed to the balance and development of the economy plus service delivery
towards the public as stakeholders in the country.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, the President, Nigeria Labour Our elected representatives (NLC) said that “ in our program today, it is the political class that will determines the wages of employees, while they the political course determines and collects what it desires, which is higher.

“ There must be social justice in income fixing, therefore , this issue is an problem that I think the wages commission payment needs to engage our political course and get this information to them.

“ We have heard arguments exactly where state governors say workers really are a tiny minority, I do not understand who is the tiny minority involving the political class and the working course.

“ The politics class are the tiny minority simply because they cannot say that our workers, such as the police, the armed forces, which with no
them they cannot rest with their eyes closed, are the group. ”

Wabba decried the situation where the nation had greater than 25 salary structures for the same program “ when what should instead be
operational was your principle of equal pay for the same productivity.

“ Our own compensation process should be a process that may stimulate productivity because the two come together. If a worker is not paid
and cannot take care of his / her family and pay school fees, may he or she be productive? ”

“ With better situation of service and compensation, We are able to think well, work well and then the two must  work together. ”

Mr Bala Kaigama, the particular President of Trade Union Our elected representatives (TUC) said that the disparity within the salaries and income wages program was
engendered from the NSIWC and was not fair in order to core civil servants.

He said that it was of great issue to members of the union, incorporating that there were many salary buildings in the public service.

According to him, of all the structures existing, that which operates in the civil services is the lowest in terms of remuneration,
while other structures are usually high.

He observed that “ it is, therefore , getting extremely difficult to explain the reasons at the rear of these differences in salary structure, which most cases short-changed civil servants.

“ Recently, the wages of the police received an upwards review and when you look at what's going on at the top echelon, compared to the top disposition in the civil service, the space is just too wide.

“ You may be surprised to know that in some organizations and parastatals of government, younger officers earn as much as N200, 1000 per month, while officers in the directorate level in core ministries that will supervise these parastatals receive lower than that. ”

He or she said that the TUC had created a memorandum on salary evaluation for the core civil service together submitted same to Federal Government regarding necessary action.

Kaigama said that the Joint National Community Service Negotiating Council was already associated with implementing the submissions of the memorandum, adding that there was need for the particular NSIWC to also be involved.

Mr Richard Egbule, the particular Chairman of NSIWC, said that the particular role of the commission was important, as it was set up to examine, improve and recommend salary scales suitable to each post in the general public service.

He stated that in the 25 years of its existence, the particular commission had contributed to changes on wages, salary allowances plus pensions
in the country.

He, however , explained that lots of the commission’ s functions in relation to income policy guidelines could not run in today’ s deregulated financial space.

This, he or she said, was because though the percentage was established based on the recommendations from the Udoji Commission of 1974,
its enabling Act stop the Productivity, Prices and Earnings Board (PPIB) Act and moved its responsibilities to the NSIWC.

“ That is why when people discuss the absence of wage policy, these people forget that any wage plan that allows non-wage incomes to
rove about without examine, can be counter-productive, ” he pressured.